Friday, September 12, 2008
Radiation Detection at Borders/Ports Not on Track
The governments $1.2 billion radiation detection program for stopping hazardous items at our borders and in our ports is not going well. Despite allocating lots of money for this homeland security program implementation is behind schedule and it is quite possible that the program will be scaled back. The radiation detection machines are known as advanced spectroscopic portal monitors or ASPs. The three major contractors providing the machines have experienced cost overruns and are under scruntiny for some of the testing methodolgy. Read more about this costly but probably ineffective program in "Radiation Detector Plan Falls Short, Audit Shows", The Washington Post, September 4, 2008.